Monday, April 4, 2011
Chasing the dream - 2 weeks till Boston - "Never give up"
It's been a hard fought three months of training. I've battled through ITBS (Illiotibial Band Syndrome), I've battled through "the plods" (the heavy legs that one gets as a result of over-training), and now I'm in the midst of the biggest battle yet in my Boston journey: a mysterious groin injury.
Yes, the groin pain is STILL a mystery. I went to see my physiotherapist last Monday, and she put me through another round of stress tests to see if my pelvis was the root of the problem. I passed all of the stress tests once again, indicating that I don't have a fracture....yet. It's also highly likely that it's not a tendon issue either. With the mystery still in tact, the recommendation to cease running is also...still in tact.
It's been another long week of cross training on bikes and elliptical trainers. I have never looked forward to anything less than my elliptical workouts. I've never been a fan of the treadmill, and I only run on the treadmill when an injury is preventing me from running outdoors; but now I look longingly at the treadmill from my unhappy roost on the elliptical. I'd give anything to be able to run on that treadmill now.
Married to the Marathon
My physiotherapist, being stumped by my groin pain, recommended I seek a bone scan to understand if the source of the pain is stress to my pelvic bone. I managed to get a bone scan booked for tomorrow. The results often take a week to come back, which means I won't have the results of the bone scan until a day or two before leaving for Boston. It's too late to alter the course of my final weeks of training, but will hopefully the bone scan will give me some insight into the nature of my injury so that I can run Boston accordingly. If it truly is a weakness in my bone, I will be running Boston very carefully.
Not exactly what I had in mind; but then, how often do dreams turn out exactly the way you imagined? At this point, I don't care about the white dress. All I want is to actually make it to the alter and enjoy the ceremony - preferably without pain or injury. That would be enough. That would still be a dream come true.
I'm not giving up.